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Women in Learning conference announced

To tackle gender equality issues in learning. London, July 5th, 2019

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Thrive Learning and getAbstract, two leading learning technology providers based out of the UK, today announced their collaboration to bring the first-ever Women in Learning conference to the United Kingdom.

With continued media coverage of gender pay gaps and reported discrepancies of women in leadership positions in organisations across the world, it’s clear gender equality is still a problem for most industries. The learning industry is no different; following research from Donald H Taylor, which highlights a notable gender gap and a clear lack of women at board level (only 31% of senior authority roles are presently held by women), these two companies have taken it into their own hands to begin to tackle the problem.

This event proposes to evoke an awareness of the problem, but rather than revel in these issues, it aims to address how to begin to tackle them.

It all starts with awareness

Taking place on the afternoon of July 5th, at the Ham Yard Hotel in SoHo, London, this event endeavours to join a collective of men and women together to begin to raise awareness of the challenges women are facing in the workplace, but also highlight their successes and fascinating career trajectories. It’s an event intended to inspire, motivate, empower, and most importantly, instigate a change.

Speaking of their involvement in the event, Jayne D’Silva, VP of Sales at getAbstract said:

“We’re already business partners with Thrive, so when they approached us to be part of this event, we were very excited about it. Having an afternoon like this, designed with the sole purpose of raising awareness of pertinent and difficult issues such as gender inequality is something our industry should be doing more of.

We at getAbstract believe in equal opportunities for all, and increasing exposure of some of the complex gender issues the learning industry is experiencing is a great way to encourage better experiences for the workforce of the future.”

Speakers with stories to tell

The conference already boasts a stellar speaking roster including:

  • Nicola Kilner, CEO, DECIEM: CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing beauty brands, Nicola joins to show us what’s possible with tenacity, resilience and, most importantly, kindness.
  • Donna McGrath, Learning and Change Expert: Donna has worked for over 20 years in a variety of HR and Learning roles, most recently heading up the digital learning team at Royal Mail Group. Throughout her career, Donna has championed inclusion and is passionate about enabling everyone to meet their potential. Donna will share her thoughts about how technology can support inclusion in learning.
  • Kate Graham, Head of Content, Fosway Group: Kate has worked in L&D and HR for over 15 years; a seasoned awards judge and long-time contributor to numerous magazines and publications, Kate has recently co-founded the rapidly growing Women in Learning movement to champion gender balance and equality across the industry.
  • Julie Brayson, Head of Organisational Development, The Card Factory: Having worked in L&D across a range of sectors Julie now leads the Organisation Development function at Card Factory and will be joining to share her story and help us think about how we can enable others to overcome the challenges of inequality, and write their own.
  • Donald H Taylor: Industry guru with over 20 years’ experience, Don has been a Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010 and it’s his research which highlighted many of the issues which will be tackled at the event.

As one of the major trailblazers for gender equality, Tony Reddington, Managing Director at Thrive Learning, commented:

“This isn’t a men vs women discussion. This is about identifying root causes, confronting core problems and recognising ways in which status quo can be challenged. Awareness events like this are all about setting new standards for the future workforce; breaking down stereotypes and creating more open, cohesive workplaces and environments which women feel able to succeed in.

The majority of my Directors at Thrive are women, and I am delighted to spearhead an event of this nature. We will be asking each and every attendee: ‘How can we break this cycle and make workplaces better for the women who are yet to join us at work?’”

The event is exclusively open to those in senior leadership positions working in L&D or HR capacities in organisations. Find out more about the event and register now.

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